100,000 (Baart and Sagar 2004), increasing.
Upper Swat Kohistan, between Peshmal and Kalam north to Kalam area upper valleys; Dir Kohistan in Thal, Lamuti, Biar, and Rajkot villages.
Dashwa, Kalam, Lamuti (Lamti), Rajkoti (Patrak), Thal, Ushu. Dialect differences do not hinder communication, except speakers of other dialects have difficulty with Rajkot. Lexical similarity: 90%–93% among main dialects; Rajkoti has 75% with Kalami; Dashwa has 77% with Kalami [gwc], and 74% with Rajkoti.
Apparently few remaining speakers of Dashwa dialect. Men have routine proficiency in Pashto, women more limited; Rajkoti men are highly proficient in Pashto. Uneducated have low proficiency in Urdu [urd].
Most widely understood indigenous language in north Swat and Dir Kohistan. Muslim.